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Game Hack: Sega Genesis Shadow of the Beast Colors Corrected to Match Commodore Amiga Version

The Sega Genesis was the recipient of a ton of Commodore Amiga ports throughout its life, especially in the first couple of years.  This was facilitated by the fact that the two machines shared A LOT in common with each other under the hood.  Electronic Arts was one of the bigger companies to port many of their Amiga classics to the shiny new Sega console.  Psygnosis was no different in porting their popular computer games.  Gamers had no problem in supporting this influx of new games.  Shadow of the Beast was one of the more popular ports that were released by Psygnosis for the Sega Genesis.

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Bungie Shows the Macintosh Can Rock 1st Person Shooters with Marathon – Today in History – December 21st, 1994

It is no small secret that First Person Shooter (FPS) games are still raging on within the gaming world, whether on console or computers or mobile, they are still going strong.  With the advent of the newer consoles, we saw even more FPS games racking up sales and continuing franchises.  20 years ago, Bungie (the company behind the Halo series and Destiny) launched a little game on the Macintosh computer called Marathon.  Macintosh gamers were waiting with baited breath for this title, not only because it was to ship with up to eight player network multiplayer (over the Internet gaming was still mostly a pipe dream) but it was the Mac answer to the PC’s runaway success story called Doom.

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New Game: Faye King- Jungle Jeopardy, New Point and Click Adventure, To Release in January 2015

Classic point and click adventure titles are making a slight comeback lately.  The team behind Maniac Mansion have their new game, Thimbleweed Park, coming (we have an interview in the editing process right now) and now we see another interesting Point and Click title.  Fay King: Jungle Jeopardy we find ourselves tasked with not only surviving a plane crash but also rescuing our only paying passenger.  See, Faye King is a pilot for hire that doesn’t concern herself with the details of her clients.

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Unreleased: Chip’s Challenge for the Nintendo Entertainment System Sells at Auction, Preservation Still Option

Chip’s Challenge is a puzzle game that only saw release on computers and the Atari Lynx back in the early 90’s.  Recently though, Chip’s Challenge was found for the Nintendo Entertainment System, at least a prototype was since this version of the game was never released.  The chips that are visible are marked 18th May 1992.  Interestingly enough, this title is not preserved online in any fashion (no one knew about it till this auction).

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Wacky Wednesday: Sheena Easton Beats Defender. Literally.

Scottish singer Sheena Easton exploded onto the pop music scene in the 1980s with a ridiculous number of back-to-back chart-topping hits, went on to record with some of the biggest names in music of the day (including Kenny Rogers and Prince), performed the title song to the James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only”, and racked up literally infinitely more Grammy nominations and wins than anyone reading this article. Given these circumstances, is it any wonder she could also kick Defender‘s ass? She, uh,  goes about it a wee bit differently than Billy Mitchell or Doris Self might have though. Make sure you’re ready for a shocking look at a forgotten 80’s song on this installment of Wacky Wednesday, then hit the jump.

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Bandit Gaming- Danger Mouse to Make a Return to Gaming on the Commodore Amiga

Danger Mouse, a cartoon from the late 80’s/early 90’s is making his return to gaming thanks to AmigaPD.  This new title is a graphical text adventure title starring the British mouse and his sidekick, Penfold.  So far, this is definitely a work in progress.  It looks like the graphics are taken from stills of the television series so nostalgia will be high on this as it, hopefully, progresses through development.

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New Game: Vectrex Receives Two Christmas Themed Games

Throughout gaming there have been only a few “dedicated” Christmas games released.  There was Christmas Nights on the Sega Saturn and there is a Christmas themed Jazz Jackrabbit game, I believe.  That is pretty much it.  Sure there are games that feature ice levels and the like but not too many that have a snowy, yuletide, theme.  The Vectrex, originally released in 1982 in the United States, will be receiving two new titles on Christmas Eve, named Stocking Filler and Save the Trees.

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La La La La La La with the Smurf’s on Playstation – Today in History – December 14th, 1999

The Smurfs started out as a comic strip series in 1958 in Belgium, worked their way into a full blown series based around them and their adventures.  Originally they played a secondary role in a fantasy style adventure set in the medieval times of Europe.  As time went on, the Smurfs earned their own series, more fleshed out characters and became a phenomenon across the world.  The most popular method that many people know the Smurfs is through the syndicated cartoon featuring Gargamel and Azrael as the evil characters and 99 to 102 Smurfs (depending on the season you are enjoying).  Games came for the small blue puffballs.  They have had games on Colecovision in the early days on up to a Super Nintendo/Sega Genesis adventure and this one, The Smurfs for the original Playstation.  While subsequent games based on the Belgium children’s license have been all over the board from dancing to racing, this one sticks to the roots of the series as an action game.

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Revenge of the License: Paws

Just when you thought it was safe to walk the streets as a stray… (cue ominous music) There’s nowhere to run! There’s nowhere to hide! Your enemies feel no pity, no remorse, no fear, and no desire to stop until you are dead. If you were alone, maybe you could escape. But ten innocent lives depend on your ability to skulk through the shadows, fight tooth and nail unto the brink of exhaustion, and drag them home to safety. So what’s it going to be, gamer? Are you man, or are you mouse? Trick question: you are neither. In Paws for the ZX Spectrum you can proudly declare, “I am kitty–hear me purr!”

 

 

 

 

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Game Hack: Castlevania 2 Hacked to Become Pyronaut on Nintendo Entertainment System

We have not covered a lot of new Nintendo Entertainment System games lately so here is a good one to kick things off again.  Pyronaut by Optomon, featuring graphics by M-Tee is a 2D side scrolling action shooter in the style of Konami’s Contra which is sort of fitting since the developer is using Castlevania 2 as the base engine for this hack.  Everything has been changed in Pyronaut, you will be hard pressed to see anything that reveals the roots of the game engine.


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